Roundup: Top-seeded Vermont shocked by Albany

Peter Hooley scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers, as No. 4 seed Albany shocked top-seeded Vermont, 67-58, Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the America East tournament in Guilderland, N.Y.

Clancy Rugg and Luke Apfeld scored 13 points apiece for the Catamounts (22-10), who lost once in the conference and swept two regular-season games with Albany by a combined 40 points. Vermont had won 11 in a row and 18 of 19.


Hooley, who averaged 15 points entering the tournament, scored 22 in the first half — a day after dropping 30 in the quarterfinals.

Gary Johnson added 17 points and 13 rebounds for the host Great Danes (17-14), who never trailed.

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Albany will face Stony Brook, 69-64 winners over Hartford in the second game. Carson Puriefoy scored 21 points — including the clinching runner in the lane in the final seconds — as the No. 2-seed Seawolves (23-9) escaped third-seeded Hawks (17-16).

Anthony Jackson added 14 points for Stony Brook, which will host Saturday’s title game.

Atlantic Sun final — Langston Hall and Anthony White Jr. scored 15 points each and Mercer (26-8) earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1985, handing top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast (22-12) a 68-60 defeat in Fort Myers, Fla.


Big South final — In Conway, S.C., Warren Gillis had 22 points to lift Coastal Carolina (21-12) to its first NCAA trip in 21 years with a 76-61 victory over Winthrop (20-13).

CAA semifinals — Davon Usher scored 21 points as top-seeded Delaware (24-9) pulled away in the second half for an 87-74 victory over fifth-seeded Northeastern in Baltimore. Scott Eatherton led the Huskies (11-21) with 20 points.

MAAC semifinals — In Springfield, George Beamon scored 25 points as second-seeded Manhattan (24-7) pulled away from third-seeded Quinnipiac (20-11) for an 87-68 win.

MVC final — Fred VanVleet scored 22 points, and the nation’s only unbeaten team remained perfect as No. 2 Wichita State beat Indiana State, 83-69, to get to 34-0.

Ohio St. 69, Michigan St. 67 — LaQuinton Ross had 22 points to lead the Buckeyes (23-8, 10-8 Big Ten) past the No. 22 Spartans (23-8, 12-6), who did not score in the final 4:30.

Maryland 75, Virginia 69 — The host Terrapins closed their 61st and final ACC regular season by outlasting the No. 5 Cavaliers in OT to end the visitors’ 13-game win streak. Maryland (17-14, 9-9), a charter member of the ACC, got 20 points from Seth Allen. Virginia (25-6, 16-2) was vying to set a mark for most regular-season ACC wins.

Syracuse 74, Florida St. 58 — C.J. Fair scored 22 points and the No. 7 Orange (27-4, 14-4 ACC) closed the regular season with a victory in the program’s first trip to the Seminoles.

Nebraska 77, Wisconsin 68 — Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway scored 26 points apiece, and the host Cornhuskers (19-11, 11-7 Big Ten) upset No. 9 Wisconsin (25-6, 12-6) to put a dent in the Badgers’ hopes for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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